Podiatrists and Foot Doctors in Tucson AZA podiatrist also referred to as a doctor of podiatric medicine, are doctors and specialist that focus on treatment of issues concerning foot health, and provide surgical and non treatment for conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Some podiatrists see patients for issues affecting the lower part of the leg, below the knee.
What do Podiatrists Treat?
While podiatrists treat common foot conditions such as toenail fungus, podiatrists are often the doctor of choice for many forms of foot surgery, as these specialists have expertise in many different aspects of the foot and ankle. Patients in the Tucson area experiencing problems such as toenail fungus, diabetic neuropathy, or plantar fasciitis are often referred to a podiatrist for proper care.
A visit to a Tucson area foot doctor can also be beneficial as podiatrists can recognize and diagnose other potential health conditions that may manifest as foot related problems. If a serious condition is discovered, a podiatrist provide treatment or make the necessary referrals to other specialists to ensure that patients receive prompt treatment for their condition.
Diabetic patients often require specialized foot care, much of which is supervised and treated by a podiatrist.
The following complaints can often be addressed with a visit to a podiatrist:
· Toenail Fungus Removal: While any podiatrist can treat mycotic toenails, only a few foot doctors in Tucson or Arizona for that matter are offering new, advanced laser treatments that eliminate toenail fungus quickly, painlessly, and without the risks that some oral prescription medications pose.
· Foot Surgery: Common foot disorders like flat feet, hammertoes and bunions may be treated with shields, splints or inserts. Foot surgery may be necessary in some cases.
Foot and Heel Pain: There are many causes of pain in the heels, arches, shins and/or tendons. A visit to a Tucson podiatrist can help to identify the cause of discomfort (such as plantar fasciitis) and develop a treatment plan that may include treatment using ablation or orthotics, to alleviate the problem.
Sprains and Fractures: Trauma to the foot or ankle can lead to long term disability if not properly treated. Diagnostic tools such as x-trays are often be used by a podiatrist to assess the damage and recommend the optimal course of action.
Diabetic Foot Doctors
Diabetic foot doctors are podiatrists devoted to the care of diabetic patients, who often suffer from foot issues such as chronic ulcers, peripheral nerve damage, or neuropathy, and compromised circulation. Consistent diabetic foot care has been associated with reduced amputation rates for many diabetic individuals.
Choosing a Foot Doctor
Word of mouth can be an effective way to find a good foot doctor in your area; ask friends and family to recommend a professional whom they know and trust. Choose one with an appropriate amount of experience and with whom you feel comfortable. Podiatrists often have a specific area of expertise, for example: foot and ankle surgery or nerve decompression surgery, so be sure if the the doctor's specialty best meets your individual needs.
Tucson Area Podiatrist Specializing in:
Treatment For Diabetic Neuropathy
Laser Treatment For Nail Fungus
Head To Toe Healthcare, PLC
7406 N. La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85741
Tucson Podiatrist, Dr. Alan Shih is the lead podiatrist at Head to Toe Heathcare. Dr. Shih has a B.S. from the University of Michigan where he studied Movement. After receiving his bachelor's degree Dr. Shih enrolled at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, followed by an internship and residency program at the Southern Arizona VA Medical center.